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AT&T Says 10Mbps Is Too Fast For "Broadband," 4Mbps Is Enough

jmccue Thanks comcast (533 comments)

DSL or cable depends upon your needs and where you live. I dumped comcast for DSL 18 months ago for DSL because the price of DSL is 15% of what I paid comcast. I have noticed no difference based upon my needs. Per speakeasy my download speed is 6.39Mbps (upload 0.8). So I guess I am ahead of the game, glad comcast/AT&T and all agree with my decision. So no need to go back to comcast since they reaffirmed my decision. (note: comcast is only cable provider in my area)

about three weeks ago
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Hackers Behind Biggest-Ever Password Theft Begin Attacks

jmccue many sites still dumb (107 comments)

I decided why not change the passwords, been a while anyway, 2 of the 3 sites I care about still do not allow what they call 'special characters' (!@# - etc). In this day an age I would think those restrictions would lifted. One day I will try UTF-8 or UNICODE characters and watch the fireworks at the sites. I do not do on-line banking and I have no incentive to start after seeing some finance sites will only accept US English letters and numbers for PWs.

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?

jmccue FX-100 (635 comments)

my only printer is a FX-100 and I use NetBSD on an AMD-K6 333 mhz as a backup system

about a month ago
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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

jmccue Re:Good! (619 comments)

True enough and I agree, but the original purpose of the tax is to maintain roads. Eventually as electric cars become more popular, some kind of tax should be applied to electric autos so they will not get a free ride. Also one other potential concern, in the summer in the US, electric usage peaks due to A/C were there are rolling brown outs and blackouts. Once there are many tens of thousands of these on the grid recharging in a small area, how will that be handled? Would me as an electric customer be charged more to subsidize these autos ? Thus a double subsidy (gas tax/electric use).

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft's Ticking Time Bomb Is Windows XP

jmccue What I would do if MS (829 comments)

Sometime in Jan or Feb 2014, MS should send a patch to XP with a nag popup. The popup will state "XP End of Life April 8, 2014. Please upgrade or you will loose internet connectivity". The number of times this popup appears increases the closer you get to Apr 8. Come April 8, all ports on XP are closed permanently. This illustrates why Open Source OSs are preferable to closed OSs. With Linux/*BSD... one can, if desired and have the knowledge, patch it themselves if they need to run a very old release of a system.

about 9 months ago
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Slackware Linux 14.1 Released

jmccue Re:Never used (136 comments)

I think the hardest part of the install is disk partitioning, if you opt for a full install you will have a fully functional working system. All you need to do is run useradd after the install and your are ready. Anyway I understand what you mean by 'useto', for me I am very much use to Slack and haven't tried a different distro in a very long time :)

about a year ago
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Washington Post Hacked, a Day After New York Times

jmccue Re:More information (98 comments)

Dies that mean the Syrian Electronic Army is at the Crazy Eddie Point ?

about a year ago
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Open Sauce Foundation Created

jmccue guerr tabzr yvprapr (95 comments)

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about a year ago
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GCC 4.8.0 Release Marks Completion of C++ Migration

jmccue Re:chicken or egg? (269 comments)

blacksmith ? You had a blacksmith. Back in my day we would have to take over a village, group people in sets of 8. Hands at the side was 0, hands raised was 1. Bit complement was always fun to watch

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Distros Have You Used, In What Order?

jmccue Queue the Vikings (867 comments)

Slack

Slack

Slack

Slack Slack

lovely slack wonderful slack........

SHUT UP -- SHUT UP ....

Still using Slackware as my main OS

about 2 years ago
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How Many Seconds Would It Take To Crack Your Password?

jmccue Post-it (454 comments)

Well I entered in "Go to my office and look at the post-it on my terminal" and it said that will take "4.97 hundred billion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion trillion centuries"

more than 2 years ago
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Aero Glass UI No More On Windows 8

jmccue Choice is good (426 comments)

Many of the arguments here points to the fact having a lot of choice is good. Seems proprietary OSs these days are fast are accelerating towards 'walled gardens'. For instance, I am still using a GUI interface I have been using for well over 15 years, but now on a 64 bit Linux. There are some worry some trends in Linux regarding to GUI interfaces, but for now and for quite a number of years, I will still be able to use that ancient interface on modern Linux systems. So, no matter what the distro you use, it is not too difficult to change to a different Window Manager or Desktop if you really want to.

more than 2 years ago
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GNOME 3.4 Released

jmccue Re:Wayland (147 comments)

same here, I would have chosen funny, thought it was hilarious

more than 2 years ago
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USPS Losing Battle Against the E-mail Age

jmccue Re:let's have a round of employment (734 comments)

Do you know anyone who worked prior to 1910 ? When I was young I did, maybe you would enjoy your 16 hour days, 6 days a week, no paid time off, work to you die, no paid sick time, loose your job, you starve environment. Seems with your "fire / hire" statement that is were you want to go to. Me I would prefer other solutions then 'fire and hire at a lower rate'. That would end up becoming a never ending cycle until we are back to 1900.

about 3 years ago
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On Monday, AT&T Customers Enter Era of Broadband Caps

jmccue Re:What about advertising (537 comments)

That is my concern, I do not come close to 250g a month, but seems people will start paying to see ads in the near future. Also, once limits are imposed, they seem to slowly shrink over the years. Easy enough to block some ads but may end up in a arms race similar to email and spam :( I would want a refund for any ads eating bandwidth and I will call the ISP if I ever start approaching the limit

more than 3 years ago
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Chinese Nobel Winner's Wife Detained

jmccue Re:Tipping Point (289 comments)

I agree, I have been thinking the same thought for quite a while. Did not know about the migration, but I believe most of the population in Siberia are closer culturally to China/Mongolia that Russia. I almost think that area has a greater potential of nuclear war than any other place in the world. Esp as resources get hard to come by and with its Arctic Sea border, oil comes into play.

more than 3 years ago

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